A promise for 2021

4 January 2021
Series: Devotional

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

In Psalm 121, we read, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from Yehovah, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Yehovah watches over you— Yehovah is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. Yehovah will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; Yehovah will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”

In Matt 6:25-34, we read, “25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how Yehovah your God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Worrying is easy, and sometimes it seems to be even justified, but it is still a sin. It is a sin because it shows we do not trust Yehovah, and we do not trust He can do what He said He would do. Not trusting Yehovah is a severe sin that has tremendous consequences for us. How can we avoid being worried, especially when it looks as if the only reasonable thing to do is worry?

In Deut 28 and Matt 6:25-34, Yehovah says if we obey His Torah, we can trust He will give us everything we need. So the key to Yehovah’s help is our obedience; if there is no obedience, we have no guarantee of His help.

If we believe what the Bible says, we will choose not to worry, but I have to admit this can be challenging because it requires us to take a leap of faith into the unknown. It requires us to show our faith in action, to show Yehovah that we trust Him and trust He will provide for us and give us what we need when we obey.

This is why Hebr 11 encourages us to take a leap of faith by reminding us of those who had gone before. They took this leap of faith, and their testimony proves to us we can trust Yehovah; He will respond and give us what we need as He promised when we obey.

So the next time you are tempted to worry, choose instead to look to Yehovah and expect Him to help. Expect Him to heal you, provide you, and protect and deliver you because you keep Torah. He might decide to use other humans as an instrument or decide to intervene directly. But if you look to Him for your help, instead of humans, it will be easy not to worry because humans can fail, but Yehovah will never fail as long as you obey the Torah.

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